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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The top federal judge in Minnesota says the sequestration budget cuts are having a major impact on the court system here. (04/17/2013)
Mayo Clinic's proposed expansion plan in Rochester drew more than 200 people to a town hall meeting Wednesday evening. (04/17/2013)
Authorities say an explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, has injured several people. (04/17/2013)
American Airlines played catch-up Wednesday, resuming most flights and even adding a handful that were not on the schedule to help passengers stranded by a massive technology failure that grounded the carrier's entire U.S. fleet.
A Minnesota man who did not have a license to buy and sell firearms is being accused of purchasing dozens of assault rifles at local stores, then illegally reselling them online at a profit.
The state Senate has passed a higher-education bill that increases funding by $263 million.
A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers failed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, disappointing Minnesota's two Democratic senators.
State officials have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess ice storm damage in southwest Minnesota, the first step towards a possible presidential disaster declaration for the region.
The Senate Transportation Finance Committee approved a spending bill Wednesday that would change the way the state collects the gas tax to pay for roads and bridges.
For the past seven years, Twin Cities filmmaker Chris Newberry has been documenting the lives of refugees as they try to navigate the health care system in Minnesota.
The National Weather Service is increasing the flood risk along the Red River because of the delayed spring melt, and nearly double the normal precipitation in the southern Red River Valley in recent weeks.
It used to be that snack options at local parks were limited to popcorn and ice cream. Now, concessionaires at several city parks offer various goods from lattes and lemon-ginger scones, to tap beer and fresh oysters.
The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.
A group representing psychiatrists in New York state and two individuals are bringing a nationwide class-action suit against Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group for violating laws requiring parity in mental health coverage.
President Barack Obama will speak at an interfaith service in memory of the bombing victims at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston today.
One of India's best known classical dancers, Leela Samson, is making her debut appearance in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota business leaders, teachers and even the Department of Education all think students are taking too many standardized tests.
It's possible that our current seemingly endless winter could be in part caused by a loss of Arctic sea ice.
Rural phone customers in Minnesota have complained about dropped or uncompleted long-distance calls for several years. The problem stems from third-party long distance carriers that are trying to save money, FCC officials say.
Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator tested positive for poisonous ricin in preliminary checks Wednesday, and authorities chased reports of other suspicious mail at a U.S. Capitol already on edge.
The family of a pilot who disappeared after a refueling stop at a West African island believes he's still alive and could have landed in hostile territory. Those family members include relatives in Waseca.
Nature Conservancy president Mark Tercek speaks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum about his new book, "Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature." Tercek is former head of Environmental Strategy for Goldman Sachs.
Look around New York this week, and you'll see nothing but love for Boston.
The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowski, speaks live at the National Press Club about Obama administration drug policies, and is likely to address the legalization of marijuana.
Red Wing police say a baby's body was discovered by a laundry service employee washing linens for a Twin Cities hospital.
Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news (did you hear it's going to snow again today?), but the late spring likely won't have an impact on the size of this year's mosquito population.
North Texas authorities have arrested the wife of a former justice of the peace who was charged with making a terroristic threat in connection with the shooting deaths of a district attorney and his wife.
Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Here is a list of some of the worst bombings in the U.S. dating to the 1800s, including some famous attempts that failed.
Britain's Iron Lady is being laid to rest with a level of pomp and protest reflecting her status as a commanding, polarizing political figure.
A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.
Our weather patterns seem to change slowly in Minnesota these days. Months of drought, then months of wet weather. Lather, rinse, repeat. Why? Climate scientists have identified so called "Arctic Amplification" as one reason our weather and jet stream patterns seem to get "stuck" for months.
The House Commerce committee floated a whole handful of trial balloons for fixing the new gambling that's an essential piece of the Vikings stadium funding. Today's ideas ranged from tax relief to giving bonus machines to the best-performing locations in Minnesota.
A Wisconsin man who has admitted he killed his three young daughters had a mental defect, but is still responsible for killing his three daughters, a jury decided Tuesday afternoon. Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, had pleaded guilty to committing the crimes, but claimed he had a mental illness at the time and was not responsible.
Two Hopkins high school students face misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with school administrators that police say turned physical, after the students, who are African-American, were protesting the school's handling of an incident where they say several white students mocked African American culture.
This is the first open-seat mayor's race Minneapolis has seen in 20 years. Incumbent Mayor RT Rybak is stepping down at the end of his third term, and there are at least half a dozen candidates vying to take his place.
A bill that narrowly passed the Minnesota Senate Tuesday funds state government agencies but also includes pay raises for legislators, the governor and other top officials beginning in 2015. Most lawmakers agree that those salaries are too low, but many aren't willing to support an increase.
Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law a measure that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that at that point a fetus can feel pain.
Quentin Tarantino, whose latest film, "Django Unchained," is a tribute to Spaghetti Westerns, is a devotee of the Western genre. "Django Unchained" comes out on DVD and streaming today.
The South Kawishiwi River, which flows through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, is sixth on American Rivers' list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013.

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